Monday, January 16, 2012

Guest Post From a Friend

A guest post from Hannah at Happy Days {aka: one of my favorite people in the world}
"we encourage" will be up at midnight. Don't forget to link up.

i've been praying and praying for jami and her sweet family!
they're busy right this minute, being champions for jesus on a mission trip.
i'm looking forward to reports on all they accomplished, aren't you?!

while jami's away, i thought i'd share briefly something that's on my mind.
it's a new year, after all. a time for reflection, right? i can't believe that january is already half over.
i really can't believe it's twenty twelve. seriously.

pretty sure just last week, it was 1988 and my pony tail was waving in the wind
as i pedaled my banana seat bike all over town.
time is moving on.

one thing i intend to do this year is really be present. in each moment. with my husband, with my son,
and my friends and family. i feel like i've spent too many days just trying to "get through" them.
i'm tired and spent, and some days i feel like i don't want to be present because it's just too exhausting and full of things i want to, well, not be present for. i've been reminded that i've just got this one shot.
once around the clock of my life here. i especially don't want to miss any sweet times
with my darling boy because i was too tired, or too preoccupied with a chore.
i want to soak up all the cuddles, all the foam sword fights, stick collecting, and all the coloring i can!
i don't want another twenty something years to go by and i've forgotten these days. the ones i'm in now.
these special days of parenting with my handsome, supportive husband. the way we all laugh over dinner.
this deliciously beautiful time.

and you know what else i realized?

i really don't want to miss any of the pain or troubled times either.
i even want to be present for that.
seems crazyface as i type it out, but it's one thing i know.
in my short 31 years i have experienced tremendous joy, but also immense hurt and grief.
through those hard times, that's when i was drawn closer to the king.
there's sweetness in the special fellowship with christ through suffering and hardships.

that's when i've grown the most.

so, my prayer is that the lord would give me the strength to truly be present. in every day.
to seek him. to grow in him. to praise him. to share him. to cling to him.
i want to be present always. and i know i can(and you can, too!),
through his never ending supply of mercy and love!

the unfailing love of the lord never ends!
by his mercies we have been kept from complete destruction.
great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each day.
i say to myself, "the lord is my inheritance;
therefore, i will hope in him!"
{lamentations 3:22-24}



The Planet Pink said...

That is one of my favorite verses in the Bible. And I am right there with you. I've hidden too long behind the responsibilities of running a home and caring for 4 children. Then one morning I woke up and realized I didn't really KNOW my 9 year old. I made a change right then. Our time is so fleeting, I would never forgive myself if I ran out of it.

theolivetree said...

great post miss Hannah!

Flor said...

oh hannah I love your words of wisdom! I, too, want to be present in all things.. big and small. your post just spoke to me tonight. thank you so much for sharing your heart!

hannah singer said...

thank you, ladies!
praying for all of us, may this year be an excellent time of finding joy and peace in ALL things.


Nessa Bixler said...

Oh... just getting through seems to be my fall back attitude somedays... especially when things get tough. I needed this - because you are so right. It goes by way too fast.

Praying for you and your family Jami - many blessings on this trip.

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